Eli Pugh, of nearby Rochester, Ind., captured this year’s Lake Max Triathlon overall title with a time of 53.39.1 seconds Saturday (Aug. 8). Pugh’s time was three minutes faster than the 2014 winning time. Shanna Bonnell was the overall women’s winner with a time just over 1:05.39.
Lake Max is a USAT-certified triathlon (watch the video here) involving a 400-meter swim around Culver Academies’ Naval Pier, a 12-mile bike ride around Lake Maxinkuckee, and 3.1-mile run through the town of Culver. It begins and ends at the Naval Building on the Culver Academies campus.
Greg Gossart repeated as the men’s masters division winner in a time of 1:00.40.8. Nancy Nagwrys won the women’s master division in 1:10.00.1. There were 14 different age divisions for men and women, ranging from 11-and-under to 90 years old. The oldest competitor was Robert McKeague at 90, finishing the race in 1:51.25.8 seconds. He surpassed last year’s oldest competitor, William Pauley, age 80, who finished in 1:58.17.1.
The men’s team competition was won by The Lost Boys in 1:06.41. Camp Mitchell repeated as the women’s team division winners in 1:19.53.2. The co-ed division went to Flea Market Chic in 1:00.10.5. There were four men’s teams, seven women’s teams, and 17 co-ed teams.
The Lake Max Kids Triathlon saw Geoff Standfast taking the boys open title and Kyra Volk winning the girls open title. Standfast finished in 12 minutes, 07.1 seconds and Bentley won in 14:22.8. Brady Standfast captured the 5-7 years old title in 12:25.2 and Dylan Breckenridge won the girls crown with a time of 14:40.3. The five to seven-year-olds swam 50 meters, biked for one mile, and ran for a half-mile. Isaiah Roeber won the boys 8-10 grouping, covering 75 meters swimming, two miles on the bike, and a one-mile run in 13:41.5. Emily Heim won the girls division in 14:54.5.
All the proceeds from the triathlon go to the local Lions, Kiwanis, and Culver clubs to help with their humanitarian causes. A total 388 people participated in this year’s triathlon. Click here for complete results